ST. LOUIS, MO. — 4 Hands Brewing Company, a craft brewery, is slated to begin operations in St. Louis in the fall of 2011. Kevin J. Lemp, Co-Owner and President, will oversee the day-to-day operations as well as manage the sales and marketing efforts.
Lemp has spent his career managing the E&J Gallo Winery portfolio in St. Louis and Illinois. He will team with Head Brewer Will Johnston, who has spent the majority of his professional brewing career at Goose Island in Chicago. Johnston is a graduate of the World Brewing Academy in Munich, Germany, and the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago.
4 Hands Brewing Company will offer the craft-beer enthusiast a thoughtful portfolio inspired by the American craft-beer movement as well as traditional Belgian and French farmhouse ales. 4 Hands Brewing Company plans on packaging their year-round Core beers in 6-pack, 12 oz. bottles. They will offer their Seasonal Collection in 22oz. bottles and a Barrel Aged program in 750ml bottles.
The Core Collection includes a single-hop Pale Ale, a Rye IPA and an Oatmeal Chocolate Brown. The Seasonal Collection will rotate throughout the year, focusing on local and seasonal ingredients. 4 Hands Barrel Aged Program will produce a truly unique line of beers. The use of wine-and-spirits barrels as well as an array of fruits, herbs and spices with wild yeast strains will enhance conventional beer flavors to produce one-of-a-kind beers.
The brewery will feature a 1500-sq. ft. tasting room with an atmosphere reminiscent of their basic organic roots through the use of recycled barn wood, stained concrete and exposed brick. The tasting room will allow patrons to experience the entire brewing process through floor-to-ceiling windows. The tasting room will serve the 4 Hands Portfolio as well as a rotation of guest beers on draft. Wine by the glass or bottle will also be available. The menu will focus on local cured meats and cheeses to be paired perfectly with the 4 Hands offerings.
The brewery and tasting room will be located at 1220 South 8th Street, four blocks south of Busch Stadium.